Category: Tools

Prep a new install of Windows with Chocolatey
article #1221, updated 369 days ago

Chocolatey is a great way to get the fundamentals into a new install of Windows. First we install it:

@"%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET "PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin"

And then we get everything we want in:

choco install -y GoogleChrome Firefox jre8 adobereader flashplayerplugin flashplayeractivex adobeair adobereader-update flashplayerppapi adobeshockwaveplayer

Beautiful!

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Control Windows Update with PowerShell
article #1214, updated 377 days ago

A module called PSWindowsUpdate. Can be installed under that name using Chocolatey and also the PowerShell Gallery. A very good rundown on its use is here. PowerShell 2.0 and above.

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Good & simple app to burn CDs in Windows
article #357, updated 419 days ago

AnyBurn seems to be possibly the new best light & powerful CD/DVD toolbox item:

www.anyburn.com/download.php

It’s available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. ImgBurn was go-to for a long time, but it hasn’t had updates since 2013.

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Test Your FTP Server
article #1163, updated 519 days ago

Here’s a great tester:

https://ftptest.net/

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Make offline or static site copy of any web site
article #1153, updated 558 days ago

Wonderful tool, cross-platform:

http://www.httrack.com

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Delete Windows user profiles by command line: DELPROF2
article #1151, updated 560 days ago

This seems a very nice tool.

https://helgeklein.com/free-tools/delprof2-user-profile-deletion-tool/

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Cross-Platform Flowchart Application a la Visio
article #1150, updated 563 days ago

Two immediately appear very attractive:

http://www.yworks.com/products/yed

https://www.calligra.org/flow/

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Image browser/viewer, cross-platform
article #1149, updated 566 days ago

This looked interesting:

https://nomacs.org/

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Convert many sorts of files
article #1140, updated 575 days ago

This one is great:

https://www.zamzar.com

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Windows PE / 10PE / LiveCD / Boot CD / USB for PC Repair and Hardware Testing
article #1013, updated 629 days ago

Many old friends, e.g. Hiren’s and UBCD4Win, are no longer in development, and for a while there was no clear replacement. alternativeTo is covering it now:

alternativeto.net/software/hiren39s-bootcd/

and two are very interesting to this writer, both with mini10:

gbatemp.net/threads/medicat-dvd-a-multiboot-linux-dvd.361577/

dlcboot.com/download.html

For hard drives alone, we have another:

paul.is-a-geek.org/aio-srt/

www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/all_in_one_–_system_rescue_toolkit.html

In the latter (its basis is 64-bit Ubuntu), open Disks, and find the hard drive test suite by clicking the round icon at the upper-right corner; it appears to have the same functionality as SeaTools, without the driver problems of the Seagate downloadables.

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